If you feel like studying for and taking the CPA Exam ranks up there as one of the single most stressful times for you, you are certainly right. Welcome to the life of a CPA candidate.
Here's a recap of nine scientifically-proven strategies for defeating stress with the hope of making the road to CPA a little more bearable.
#1 Have self-compassion
Look at your mistakes or failures with kindness and understanding — without harsh criticism or defensiveness.
#2 Remember the "Big Picture"
Link one particular, often small action to a greater meaning or purpose.
#3 Rely on routines
Reduce the number of decisions you need to make by using routines.
#4 Take five (or ten) minutes to do something you find interesting
Interest doesn’t just keep you going despite fatigue, it actually replenishes your energy.
#5 Add where and when to your to-do list
Deciding in advance when and where you will complete a task can double or triple your chances of actually doing it.
#6 Use if-thens for positive self-talk
If-then plans can help us control our emotional responses to situations in which we feel fear, sadness, fatigue, self-doubt, or even disgust.
#7 See your work in terms of progress, not perfection
Develop a "Get-Better" mindset with a concern with making progress.
#8 Think about the progress that you've already made
"Small wins" can keep us going, particularly in the face of stressors.
#9 Know whether optimism or defensive pessimism works for you
Understanding promotion and prevention motivation helps us understand why people can work so differently to reach the same goal.
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